honors SDSU’s College of Nursing

via 10/26/2016

best-online-nursing-programsSouth Dakota State University’s College of Nursing has been named on’s Best Online Nursing Degrees for 2016 list. The college is 37th on the list, which is generated the ranking by analyzing cost and quality metrics across thousands of U.S. colleges with online nursing degree options.

“We wanted to highlight the schools that are setting a high standard for online nursing programs,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and Founder of Affordable Colleges Online, “It is important to honor these universities who are going above and beyond to teach our future nurses.” cited how SDSU’s program allows RNs who already have a diploma or an associate degree can achieve a full bachelor of science in nursing completely online. The degree-completion program is offered in two different tracks, one that takes three semesters and another that takes five semesters. In addition, SDSU received points due to all of the university’s nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and up to 90 community college credits can be transferred into the program.

Only public, not-for-profit institutions were eligible for the ranking. The primary data points used to identify the Best Online Nursing Degrees of 2016 include the following:

  • Specialized accreditation form CCNE or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing;
  • NCLEX-R Pass Rate for BSN Programs;
  • In-state tuition and fees;
  • Percent of full-time undergraduate students receiving institutional financial aid;
  • Number of online programs offered;
  • Student-to-teacher ratio; and
  • 6-year graduate rate.

An in-depth look at the Best Online Nursing Degrees for 2016 can be seen at

“We have made many technological advances in providing an college education, and for the best value, for our students,” said Nancy Fahrenwald, the college’s dean.

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